Wednesday, September 4, 2013


IS SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE Kate Middleton is a master of making public statements with her wardrobe. Her latest dress, sent a particularly powerful message for new moms. The palace released photos on Monday of the Duchess of Cambridge happily posing with the second and third heirs to the British throne - her husband Prince William, and their infant son, Prince George, who turns a month old next week. And since her son is blocking most of her figure in the photos, the new mom could have picked just about any outfit she wanted and made it work. 
Her choice? A $79 maternity dress. If there was any message to be gleaned from her style choice, it's that it's OK to take an unmiraculous amount of time when it comes to getting back into shape after delivering a human being.

Who we don't usually see wearing maternity pieces post-delivery, however, are celebs. Svelte celebs like Victoria Beckham, Jessica Alba, Claire Danes, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum have all made headlines for squeezing into form-fitting ensembles weeks after giving birth and bopping around in bikinis a couple of months later. Middleton, however, is a different story. “She's really showing she's not trying to be like a celebrity. She isn't trying to give an image meant to impress or pretend she's already got a flat stomach,” said Cecile Reinaud from Seraphine. 
“She's sending a very nice message to new moms. A big thumbs up to her.” CNN royal contributor Victoria Arbiter told Yahoo! Shine. “It's very clear where William and Kate's priorities are, on each other and on their baby and their family.”

Kate Middleton really deserves a big thumbs up. Lizbeth Scordo, writer of the article, says “Just a day after Prince George's birth, Kate happily stepped out of the hospital with her post-baby belly on full display, prompting cheers from women everywhere.” We agree that Kate has sent “the right message,” in stark contrast to Hollywood celebrities who are shown with a flat stomach and wearing a thong bikini three weeks after childbirth. While we live in the conditioned state we are usually fighting very hard to get material wealth and increase our corporal beauty. Living absorbed in bodily consciousness we cannot understand our real identity or purpose in this life. Fortunately our gurus have given us the instructions to understand our proper position in this world. Srila Prabhupada has taught us that when we are fully immersed in bodily concepts we are identified with something we are not. In order to realize our true identity, the first step is to learn that we are not this body. (Editor's note).

The misunderstanding of the conditioned soul is the bodily conception of life. The body is material, but within the body is the soul. This is spiritual understanding. Unfortunately, one who is in ignorance, under the spell of material illusion, accepts the body to be the self. He cannot understand that the body is matter. ... “As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.” (Bg. 2.13) We are not the body; we are spiritual beings trapped in the body. Our real interest lies in understanding this simple fact. Then we can make further spiritual progress. Otherwise, if we remain in the bodily conception of life, our miserable material existence will continue forever.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) - SB 6.15.3
Canto 6: “Prescribed Duties for Mankind”
Chapter 15: “The Saints Nārada and Aṅgirā Instruct King Citraketu”
Verse 3 - Bhaktivedanta VedaBase

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

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